Washington, D.C. – The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) today released its latest audit of U.S. government contracts in Iraq, entitled “Oversight of Aegis’s Performance on Security Services Contracts in Iraq with the Department of Defense.” The report examines three contracts awarded to Aegis Defence Services, Ltd. for Reconstruction Security Support Services (RSSS) contracts worth approximately $612.8 million.
Senator Susan Collins, Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, released the following response:
“The Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction has proven to be a much-needed watchdog, auditing reconstruction contracts in Iraq and uncovering millions of dollars worth of fraud, waste, and abuse in Iraq. This latest report demonstrates why it is critical that the SIGIR have auditors and inspectors on the ground and why I so strongly supported the creation and continuation of this important office.
“While the report does make recommendations to improve the outcome of the contracts, overall it indicates proper implementation and oversight of these RSSS contracts. Just as SIGIR plays a vital role in identifying waste and mismanagement in contracting for Iraqi reconstruction projects so improvements can be made, it is also important in drawing attention to contracts that are being successfully implemented. The U.S. and Iraqi governments can now take the lessons learned from these contracts to improve the overall contracting process and strengthen reconstruction efforts in Iraq.”